OTTUMWA — A cold day of Big Ten football in Iowa City, fittingly, saw the Iowa Hawkeyes start out with physical, straight-ahead smash mount offense.
The end result was an impressive opening-drive touchdown as Iowa marched almost literally 74 yards to open the game. Damon Bullock capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run, giving Iowa a 7-0 lead after one quarter against Northwestern Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Aside from the opening pass to Mark Weisman, Iowa kept the ball on the ground for the entire opening drive. That nine-yard completion was followed by 13 straight runs for the final 65 yards. Weisman finished the opening half with 39 rushing yards on six carries while Bullock had 28, including the 3-yard scoring dash.
Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) gained just 39 yards and two first downs in the opening quarter. Iowa (4-3, 1-2), meanwhile, had 86 rushing yards alone as a team and gained 102 total yards of offense to establish early control.
Between the first and second quarters, former Iowa Hawkeye and Detroit Lion Jared DeVries as the second honoree to be named to the ‘America Needs Farmers’ Wall of Fame. DeVries joins fellow former Hawkeye great and NFL alumunist Casey Wiegmann to earn the honor on ‘America Needs Farmers’ weekend.